As a classroom teacher at a state school, your salary depends on how many years you’ve been teaching and where you work. From 2016/17 this could range from £22,467 for newly qualified teachers outside of London, up to £115,582 for headteachers in inner London.
The main pay scale
As a classroom teacher you’ll start on the main pay scale, which ranges from point M1 to M6. Newly qualified teachers usually start on point M1, although other teaching experience may push you higher up the scale.
Schools may also award discretionary points for other relevant experience. Each school’s pay policy should explain how these points are awarded.
On the main pay scale your salary will most likely start on M1 (£22,467 – £28,098) and can increase to M6 (£33,160 – £38,241)*.
The upper pay scale (post-threshold)
Qualified teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale can apply to be assessed against eight national standards and if they meet the standards, cross the ‘threshold’ to the upper pay scale, which ranges from point U1 to U3.
Teachers on the upper pay scale receive the usual salary rise when the pay scales are up-rated. However, progression on the upper pay scale is performance based and governing bodies make the decisions on progression, based on recommendations from heads.
Teachers don’t normally move through the upper pay scale more frequently than every two years.
On the upper pay scale your salary will range from U1 (£35,571 – £43,184) and can increase to U3 (£38,250 – £46,829)*.
Getting a pay rise
All teachers are awarded a pay rise when the pay scales and allowances are updated. Subject to satisfactory performance, each September, teachers on the main pay scale move to the next point on the scale.
Teachers who have recorded excellence performance may even advance by two points.
Qualified teachers may also be eligible for additional payments on top of their regular salary.
Special educational needs (SEN) allowance: If you work with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an allowance of between £2,064 and £4,075 a year.
Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments: If you take on more responsibilities you may be entitled to additional payments.
More on additional payments for qualified teachers.
*Salaries varies due to location. Figures shown are for 2016/17, and are revised annually.
Please note: The pay scales listed apply to teachers employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation, voluntary aided or foundation special school. Academies and free schools are not legally required to implement the pay scales, so it is best to request to see their own pay policy.